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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Sogoal Zolghadri

Sogoal Zolghadri © Fabian Palencia

We have another awesome Greenpoint woman’s tale to tell today. Sogoal Zolghadri’s talents as an artist and baker came to our attention through her roommate Nina’s glowing nomination:

Sogoal Zolghadri is not only a fantastic Greenpoint-based cookie decorator (and baker), but also an incredible watercolourist. Her cookies have been featured by Vogue, Martha Stewart, Free People, Nasty Gal, and countless blogs. She makes Greenpoint awesome by headquartering her incredible Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop here. Continue reading

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Thumb Cookies’ Love For The Ladies

Thumb Cookies' Rosemary Pecan & Apricot Pistachio Cookies

Especially with crafts like cooking and baking, our teachers are often those near and dear to us and the process takes us back to warm and happy days. Robyn Frank, Thumb Cookies‘ baker, who will be bringing delicious baked goods to our Valentine’s Market on Sunday, told us that her baking inspiration comes from the ladies in her life  Continue reading

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Easy Like Sunday Morning Coconut Macaroons!

When a friend invites you to a party and you ask, “Can I bring anything?” be prepared for “How about dessert?” And if you don’t want to take the easiest route and go to the bakery, try this incredibly simple and festive macaroon recipe.

Aside from how tasty they are, there are two things I love about this recipe: 1. most of the ingredients (aside from coconuts) are in my cabinets and 2. I can easily remember all the ingredients. They also survived despite our wonky oven temperature fluctuations. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Isshimo

With over 70 vendors there are over 70 reasons to come to our Holiday Market this Sunday 12/8/13! Here is just one: Japanese Honey Sponge Cake aka Kasutera!

I discovered the Japanese bakery called Isshimo one fine Saturday morning at the Bushwick Farmers Market, which is run by lifelong friends and music partners Ai Isshiki and Sakiko Mori. The name Isshimo is a combination of their last names ISS -hiki + MOri.  Continue reading

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Peter Pan Loves Greenpoint Hipsters!

This awesome 1 Minute Meals video about Peter Pan Doughnuts from Serious Eats NY stars co-owner Donna Siafakas who says that hipsters are wonderful people and before they settled in Greenpoint it was black and white, but now it is more colorful. The doughnut shots are spectacular, too.

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Recipes Gone Wild: Concord Grape Crumb Bars

A friend of mine and I were just discussing which of our senses we could live without. After a bit of thinking I had settled on smell— a decision directly related to living in a city where ambient smells are cheap, plentiful, confusing, and often punishing as summer wears on.  But it’s autumn now, thankfully, and the air is crisp (or it’s going to be soon? Next week? By Halloween?), and if I couldn’t smell I’d miss some of the best things about this season…leaf piles, wood stoves, hot apple cider, and fresh concord grapes!

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Cake Hero Melissa Torres Dishes on Her Love for Fellow Greenpoint Bakers, Sugar Flowers & Baking for Vogue

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It’s not everyday you meet a baker so extraordinary she goes by the name “Cake Hero.” One look at the treats Melissa Torres has masterminded and you’ll understand why the name suits her. As owner of the online shop Cake Hero, Torres spends her days creating, baking, and decorating an abundance of sweet treats out of the comfort of her Greenpoint home. She bakes everything from candies to elaborate cakes that are specially ordered by a variety of clientele. In addition to baking for friends and family, Torres has designed cakes for the likes of Cartier, Nickelodeon and most recently Vogue.

I had the chance to ask Melissa a few questions about how she got started and how she caught such a major fashion magazine’s attention.

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Brooklyn Raspa’O: Colombian Shaved Ice Near McCarren Park

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot and muggy day than fresh shaved ice. A group of local artists opened Brooklyn Raspa’O, a Colombian shaved ice stand at McCarren Deli & Grill (57 Nassau Ave) open Thursdays-Sundays in the afternoon. Their homemade syrups are 100% organic with lots of interesting toppings to chose from.

Since Brooklyn Raspa’O is around the block from Greenpointers HQ, I have been there multiple times. On my first visit I tried the strawberry mint and the lemon ginger honey, but I didn’t get fancy with toppings.

On my second visit, I ordered the Espresso from Ky, who said she would make it the way she liked it. Being an espresso purists, I would never have ordered it with sweet red beans and mochi, which are gooey rice cakes, drizzled with condensed milk. That sounds crazy, but it was out of this world! The toppings served the same purpose as sweet marshmallows in kid’s cereal; even after the last one you keep searching for that sweet flavor and satisfying texture beneath the shaved ice, which is not sickeningly syrupy sweet.

I can’t wait to go back for the Passion Fruit Chili!

Have you tried Brooklyn Raspa’O yet? What do you think?

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Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream Rules! (And it’s GMO-FREE)

Attention all you ice cream freaks who happen to be vegan, Van Leeuwen (632 Manhattan Ave) just rolled out a new line of Vegan Ice Cream – and it rules!  So stop feeling sorry for yourself and grab some VEGAN ice cream.

I taste tested Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice cream at a non-vegan dinner party in which I was asked to bring dessert. More specifically I was asked to bring Tiramusu, but no Italian bakeries were open and besides I don’t eat Tiramisu unless my cousin Roseanne makes it. So vegan ice cream it was and everyone loved it! It was gone in a few minutes and everyone wondered wanted more.

Personally I preferred the chocolate, which was extremely rich, creamy and chocolately. It has an underlying hint of coconut in a very delicious way. I am looking forward to new weekly flavors!

We chatted with the folks at Van Leeuwen about this new and miraculous vegan creation. Continue reading

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NAG’s Cupcake Bake-Off Recap

I was honored to be asked to judge a Cupcake Bake-Off fundraiser for NAG a few weeks back and I actually delayed my vacation a day in order to attend.  Cupcakes in mass quantity totally beat vacations. It’s instant brain happiness.

From Left: Carmen, Hanna, Jen G (me), Diana

This is the second major “celebrity” judge opportunity I’ve had – the last one was the Halloween Dog Parade Costume Contest. I admit it’s starting to get to my head. The other judges were Ovenly’s head baker Hannah Duke, Carmen Rodriguez of Brooklyn Cupcake, and Councilmember Diana Reyna.

The Cupcake Bake-Off was held in The Brooklyn Kitchen’s awesome event space and as the contestants filed in with their goodies, I was drooling. The colors, shapes, sizes – cupcake overload! Continue reading

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